Thursday, January 07, 2016

...and another year

This blog really has gone quiet!  Is anyone still reading or following?

So 2016 rolls around.  2015 was a decent year.  There was work.  As usual there was too much of it, with my life focussed on the UK Parliamentary General Election in May then a by-election in September.

Still there were a couple of holidays - Switzerland and Lanzarote -  and some good days out.  Weekly I also got up into the Pentlands to see some fantastic sunrises and views on the edge of this capital city.

At the end of the year, after a Christmas down on the Wirral seeing my Mum, we managed a few days in Glencoe at the Glencoe Inn / the Gathering over Hogmanay.  It was a good break and I remembered how much I love and miss the Highlands.  Such views.

We had some good walks, nothing too high or dramatic, but they allowed an exploration of some of the less well visited areas of this corner of the country.  The Hospital Lochan in GLencoe was a new discovery and a beautiful place.

We walked up Glen Nevis to the Steall Falls enjoying the adventure with no concern of the distance or mountains before us.

On New Year's Day we went to the Inchree Falls then up to the Glencoe Ski Centre.

Then home on the 2nd, rested and refreshed.

Now it all starts again....

Monday, November 30, 2015

Winter is coming....

I lingered in the car for a long time yesterday waiting for the rain to abate.  It was 8am put still dark so I was in no rush to get on the hill.  In the car, the rain always sounds worse and that was the case again as I got out and started on the climb.

The first top was my target...but when I got there I just kept going.  There were already studded footsteps in the snow which I followed to the top of Allermuir.

My toes were numb, which made running interesting and they ached as I ran back to the car.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Back to Allermuir

I really need to keep this blog going.  As I've said before, with facebook it is too easy to post a few photos and move on rather than think a little more about what to say and develop some thoughts.

Back up into the Pentlands yesterday morning, as every Sunday when I'm in Edinburgh.  It was good - crisp and cold but not too windy.  Great views all around

Mind you, I was out early on Saturday up Blackford Hill and the dawn there was special too.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Its that time of the year...

Its that time of the year again when it all starts to align.  Sunrise, dew, early morning mist.  Its not fully there yet - there is no frost on the ground - but we are at the cusp.

It was a good morning to be in the local hills, the Pentlands gifting me a special hour.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Fleeing the Fringe

I really should keep this blog active and not let Facebook kill it.  As I think I said in my last post it is so easy now to post a quick photo of a walk and move on to the next thing that I don't get around to sitting down and trying to write something a bit longer that would fit here.

As an update I still get into the Pentlands every Sunday morning if I'm in Edinburgh, something between 60 and 90 minutes usually.  I tend to walk the big climbs and run/walk the flats, then letting loose to run the downhills.   I suppose the different thing is that I'm also running everyday, just a very easy jog for 20 minutes or so every morning.

I miss the hills of the north and need to get back there, but the motivation is weak, I struggle after a week at work to get up and out on a Saturday for a 2 or 3 hour drive north.  I've got something like 27 munros left....and its been that way for a few years.

Monday I had a day off and took a quick trip up to Ben Ledi.

59 minutes to the top pushing it hard - walking not running - then running down, although I had to walk for chunks of it where the ground got pretty technical.  It was great to be out on a bigger hill, a damp gloomy Scottish one as well, so different from the majesty of the Alps but equallly impressive.

I do want to keep writing here though and not let the soundbites of the facebook/twitter dominate.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Walking in Saas Fee Switzerland

I think Facebook and other social media are killing blogs.  All the things I used to post on blogs - photos and accounts of walks etc now get posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  There is an immediacy about that, but it generally means that I am not writing anything structured or constructing anything well formed in terms of a piece of writing or narrative of a trip.

Anyway, I'm just back from a week's walking in Saas Fee in the Valais area of Switzerland.  We had a great time with some superb weather, walking around the Saastal villages taking full advantage of all the lifts and cable cars.

We walked out on the glacier to the Britannia Hut.

And a superb circuit of the Mattmarksee.

There are loads of photos and lots of good memories.  I was reminded of how much I love the hills.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

It almost felt like Spring

This morning almost felt like Spring.  The warmth in the air, the earlier sunrise.

It was good to be out there.  All I am doing is moving now, running or walking as it seems best, but always keeping it easy and within my comfort zone.  The pleasure is in being out there.

The bigger hills will come soon enough.